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The Durham Institute of Research, Development, and Invention (DIRDI) is a scientific research institute established by Coltraco Ltd in partnership with Durham University and based at ORBIT NETPark, Durham. It includes within it the Centre for Underwater Acoustic Analysis (CUAA).

DIRDI seeks to provide a respectful and inclusive environment where all staff and students can thrive. 

At DIRDI, our people are our most important asset. We believe that our success is tied to being able to attract, retain, and develop outstanding staff and students from all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where our people feel supported and valued, enabling them to not only succeed, but thrive. 

We strongly believe that people are happier, enjoy their work more and perform better in a place where: 

  • everyone respects and understands the value of different people working together 
  • everyone is treated fairly 
  • negative behaviours and attitudes such as prejudice, discrimination, and harassment are unacceptable, and people feel supported to challenge these.  

Making DIRDI a truly inclusive place requires ongoing commitment from all members of our community. 

For more information about the benefits of membership and how to join, please visit our Membership page.